When he recently interviewed former pinup queen Bettie Page, whose life during the 1940s and ’50s is the focus of Mary Harron‘s The Notorious Bettie Page (Picturehouse, 4.14), L.A. Times staffer Louis Sahagun wrote that that “her face remains smooth and fresh, and one can still see the face of the young woman in the old. Her eyes, bright blue, still sparkle.” That’s good to hear because judging by Paige’s reported criticism of the film, she’s not that hip. After seeing the film at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles a few weeks ago, Page reportedly complained about the title. “Notorious? That’s not flattering at all,” she said. “They should have used another word.” The film’s producer Pam Koffler later told Sahagun that, of course, the title “was meant ironically…Bettie Page gained such notoriety for her modeling, but the real person and her life were exactly opposite of all that.” On top of this the New York Post‘s “Page Six” column reports that the 82 year-old Page was “overheard loudly snorting and sighing” during the Playboy Mansion screening. It’s probably a rule of thumb that most older people (especially the over-70 types) aren’t very comfortable recalling or re-living aspects of their foolish youth. Nobody likes to thinks about past mistakes, time wasted, opportunities missed, etc.